A nice little article on the Pittsburgh tradition of having cookie tables at weddings:
The cookie table at a Pittsburgh wedding is twice as important as a $500 four-tiered buttercream cake, and five times more delicious.
It's a tradition that's said to originate in Southwestern Pennsylvania by Eastern European, Italian and Greek immigrants, who wanted to bring a taste of the homeland to the New World. Today tradition still trumps convenience, as wedding cookies are mostly homemade by family and friends.
We have two weddings coming up, and yes, both couples are already planning their cookie tables.
There are a few other wonderful Pittsburgh wedding traditions as well: making sure there is rigatoni at the reception, and ensuring that the Chicken Dance is played after dinner. Having your reception in a fire hall is optional, but considered good form.